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Episode 5: Mary Vernon

Mary Vernon is a Dallas-based artist and former educator. Mary spent nearly 50 years at Southern Methodist University where she taught art history, painting and drawing, as well as SMU’s noted color theory course. Originally from New Mexico, she completed her undergraduate degree at Cal Berkeley and her MFA at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Mary’s paintings reflect the color theories she so famously taught at SMU. One of her most recent works (“Albers’ House”) is a 36-foot-long oil painting on yupo which was featured in a retrospective at the Grace Museum in Abiliene. Mary’s work can be found in notable local collections, such as The Belo Foundation, The George W. Bush Presidential Library, Meadows Museum, Dallas Country Club, and the U.T. Southwestern Medical Center. Mary is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

I recently sat down with Mary at her Dallas studio where we discussed early inspirations, Berkeley in the ‘60s, her love of art history, the evolution of the Meadows collection, her impact on generations of art students, her love of yupo and a run-in with Georgia O’Keefe.

Website: maryvernon.com

  

   

Episode 4: Sedrick Huckaby

Sedrick Huckaby is a Fort Worth-based artist known for his large-scale, impasto paintings that reflect his faith, his family history and his community. A native of Fort Worth, Sedrick studied art initially at Texas Weslyan before obtaining his BFA from Boston University and his MFA from Yale. He has gained notoriety nationwide for his large-scale portraits of family and community members, as well as large-scale paintings of family quilts which serve as allegory for themes of family and faith. Widely exhibited and collected, Sedrick’s work resides in the permanent collections of a variety of private and public institutions, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sedrick is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

I recently sat down with Sedrick at his grandmother’s former residence in Fort Worth which he has converted into an artist studio where we discussed growing up in Fort Worth, the work of Henry O. Tanner, authenticity, faith, family, heritage and “The Pit.”

Website: huckabystudios.com

Episode 3: Alison Jardine

Alison Jardine is a British artist and author who lives and works in Dallas. A native of Yorkshire, Alison received an undergraduate degree from the University of London and her MFA from the University of North Texas. Her work spans a broad range of disciplines, including electronic media, sculpture and painting. Her most recent work (Objects From a Future Past) uses concrete cast in sagging, found materials to create reliefs that comment on the notion of the modern landscape. Alison has had video installations featured in Dallas’s Aurora Festival, as well as being named a Finalist for the 2016 Hunting Art Prize for Painting & Drawing. She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center of Arts & Science, as well as the founder of the Dallas Arboretum Artist in Residence program. She is also author of the book Make Great Art on the iPad which is available through all major book retailers. Alison is represented in Dallas by Erin Cluley Gallery.

I recently sat down with Alison at her studio space within a converted cotton gin in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas where we discussed her life in the UK, her decision to become an artist, her art-making process and making room for experimentation.

Website: alisonjardine.com

Instagram: @alisonjardinestudio

Episode 2: Pamela Nelson

Pamela Nelson is a Dallas-based artist who uses pattern, rhythm and repetition to make brightly colored pieces that draw inspiration from textiles from around the world. A native Texan, Pamela completed her BFA at Southern Methodist University. In addition to exhibitions in more than 100 venues, her commissions can be seen at some of Dallas’ highest trafficked destinations, including DFW International Airport, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and NorthPark Center. Pamela has a long history of service to the arts, including co-founding the Stewpot Open Art Program for the homeless in Dallas and ten years of service as Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the agency that reviews proposed designs for memorials in our nation’s capitol. Among her many recognitions, Pamela received the Legends Award from the Dallas Contemporary in 2000. She is currently represented by Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas.

I recently sat down with Pamela at her studio in a converted apartment off of Turtle Creek where we discussed her childhood in Dallas, her grandmother’s influence, the challenges of commissions, the universal language of art, the importance of family and the menagerie of places where she has tried to set up a studio.

Website: pamelahnelson.com

Instagram: @pamelanlsn

Episode 1: Steven Charles

Steven Charles is a British-born artist who recently returned to Dallas after twenty years in New York. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of North Texas and his MFA from Temple University. During his time in New York, Steven was the recipient of both a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and an Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In addition, he has repeatedly served as a guest lecturer at the School of the Visual Arts in New York. After selling out his first solo shows in Brooklyn, Steven was added to the roster at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea where he was part of multiple group and solo exhibitions over the course of a decade. His work has been reviewed in many of the art world’s top publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Art in America. He is currently represented by Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.

I recently sat down with Steven in his Dallas studio where we discussed his childhood in Liverpool, adjusting to life in Texas, blue-collar work ethic, formative years studying art in Rome, sold-out shows, black town cars, reaction-based art process and trying to live a life without regrets.

Instagram: @stevencharlesstudio